Pranab Mukherjee Says Indians Love Hummus, Israelis Hear Hamas

In a Knesset address, President Pranab Mukherjee pronounces ‘hummus’ as ‘Hamas’, leaving the Israel MPs stumped.

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President Pranab Mukherjee with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. (Photo: AP)

President Pranab Mukherjee’s attempt to draw a cultural connect during his address to the Israeli parliament on Wednesday left many MPs baffled, reports The Hindu.

In his address, the president commented that Indians “enjoy the taste of hummus”, an Israeli favourite. But he pronounced it as “Hamas”, leaving the Israel politicians to look at each other in confusion. Palestinian militant group Hamas and Israel have been at war with each other for years.

Mukherjee, who speaks with the accent of his native tongue, Bengali, is the first Indian president to visit Israel.

He refered to the recent violence that has led to heavy casualties on both sides, in his remarks at a ceremonial welcome at the home of Reuven Rivlin, his Israeli counterpart.

We are distressed at the recent violence. India condemns all forms of terrorism. We have always sought a peaceful resolution of disputes.

Mukherjee arrived in Israel earlier this week after visiting Jordan and the Palestinian Territories.

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